candy corn shaped rice krispies treats

Candy corn is my all time favorite fall sweet! It makes me think of my childhood. Rice Krispies Treats are a close second! So why not combine the two?! {grin}

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Ingredients & Tools:

  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 bag of marshmallows
  • 1/2 stick butter (or Smart Balance Vegan for Dairy-Free equvelant; I never use as much as the box recipe calls for)
  • White icing
  • Yellow and orange gel food coloring
  • #7 icing tip and connector
  • Resealable bag
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Icing bottles
  • Toothpicks
  • Optional: cello bags and ribbon

Easy How To Steps for Making Candy Corn Shaped Rice Krispies Treats:

  1. Make your treats as directed on the box.
  2. While the treats are still warm mold them into triangles and insert lollipop sticks. (Tip: Do this before you ice them or you could crack your icing, plus you want to form the treat back around the stick so that there aren’t too many pockets of air.)
  3. Gently push down, don’t crush the cereal, on the top of your treats. You’ll want a flat surface, or as flat as you can get it, for icing.
  4. Using a #7 tip, a connector and a resealable bag, outline your treats with white icing, leaving no gaps or your icing will run. Outline the outer edges and divide the shape into three for all three colors.
  5. Melt a small bowl of white, yellow and orange icing (one at a time) in eight second intervals. Carefully pipe (a icing bottle is best, but a spoon will work) the icing into the sections and pull icing to the corners with a toothpick. (TIP: You want your icing warm, but not too hot and soupy or it will re-melt your marshmallows and the Rice Krispies will fall apart.)
  6. Allow Rice Krispies Treats to dry completely (three or so hours) before inserting them into cello bags.

I love candy corn so much we even created an entire Halloween party supplies collection to celebrate it! And Better Homes and Gardens thought it was pretty cool too because they featured the collection in their Tricks and Treats Special Issue! {proud moment}

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monster mash party supplies {purple, blue & green}

Calling all monsters!

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We designed this fun monster party collection for my youngest son. He really wanted a Monsters University birthday party this year and I of course had to deliver!

We started with a colorful monster party invitation. The horns and the crazy spiky hair are my favorite. My youngest loves to spike his hair and his favorite color is blue. And the purple blue combo is for Sully. He loves Sully! {wink}

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I hosted his party at our local movie theatre. It was his very first birthday party away from home so we kept it light on décor since we only had an hour in the party room before the movie started. Organization was the key to my success. When I post his party pics later this week I’ll share a few tips on how to have all the touches you want and give them the party theme they want!

In addition to the monster invitation, this monster party supplies collection includes:

  • Cupcake toppers – 2 patterns, personalized with the child’s name (seven characters or less) and age
  • Cupcake wrappers, 2 patterns
  • Banner, 4 pennant patterns, personalized with child’s name and age
  • Photo props, 2 patterns (attach to wooden dowels)
  • Pattern sheets, 11×17, great for placemats
  • Monsters ID Mat, 5×7 (we created IDs for each kiddo at the party, I’ll share how in the party post)

You can find the new party collection in the shoppe. It’s great for a monster birthday party or colorful monster Halloween party.

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easy Halloween embroidery hoops

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Embroidery hoops are making a come back! I used them when I was a kid when I would cross-stitch with my grandmother, now I’m putting pretty fabrics in them and hanging them on my wall. It’s a lot easier! {grin}

For Halloween I created some super easy black and orange glitter designs on burlap for my entryway.

Hop over to my latest post with Parade Magazine for all the easy DIY and whip your own up in less than 15 minutes.

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kid’s Halloween party ideas {black, orange, purple}

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Kids love Halloween parties! Let’s face it…what’s not to love?! There’s candy, costumes and creepy creatures all wrapped in one fun holiday.

This year, host a kid-friendly Halloween party with our Spooked Pumpkin collection, featuring the Sinister Sisters {insert evil laugh here}.  I’ve rounded up a few sweetly spooky ideas to inspire your next party.

Get your guests into the spirit with our sweetly spooky custom Spooked Pumpkin invitations from The Celebration Shoppe.

These Halloween Finger Puppets from World Market will make adorable party favors for all the little spooks at your party.

Spice up your tasty treats with our Sinister Sisters cupcake toppers and wrappers as part of the Spooked Pumpkin collection from The Celebration Shoppe. I can hear them cackling now!

The Hanging Ghosts from Pottery Barn make a happily haunting party scene. They’d be perfect in an entryway or over a food table.

Set the mood with some well-placed candles in Metal Pumpkins from One King Lane.

Halloween Paper Straws from Sur la Table are the perfect touch to any potion you brew up for your guests.

With a “scary” message and spider, this Halloween party cutlery set from TodoPapel gives any table a creepy touch.

Skeleton and Pumpkin paper garland via World Market will liven up any party space with a bit of silly spookiness.

Greet your guests with a spook-tacular Halloween wreath, like the one I made last year. Check out Kim’s DIY Fabric Wreath tutorial and make your own!

Finally, send your ghoulish guests on their way with favors adorned with Spooked Pumpkin favor tags from The Celebration Shoppe, Spooked Pumpkin collection, of course!

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rustic winter wonderland Christmas mantel {HGTV’s Holiday House blogger challenge}

Rustic Winter Wonderland Christmas Mantel for HGTV Holiday Home | Created by Kim Byers of TheCelebrationShoppe.com

 

I’m so thrilled to finally share that I was blessed with the opportunity to design a Christmas mantel for this year’s HGTV Holiday HouseI have to tell you, when I got the news, I was like a little kid. I mean HGTV. Yay! But then the Holiday House. Oh my! My knees went wiggly. {grin}

 

This was a blogger challenge sponsored by JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores (you may remember, I was JoAnn’s craft influencer earlier this year and made a few Creativity Made Simple videos with them) and HGTV. They asked myself and four other amazing bloggers to get crafty and create a Christmas mantel for a rustic home. We could do anything we wanted!

 

I had a million ideas, but the real challenge was that this was all in July. Yep. I took down my patriotic decorations for the weekend and recreated my idea of a winter wonderland in our living room. My kiddos were running around me in swimsuits and eating popsicles and I was listening to Christmas music. What?! No judging. I had to get in the spirit! {wink}

 

I created six easy DIY ideas for my mantel:
  1. JOY letters wrapped in icicle white wool,
  2. To The World ball, to complete the statement,
  3. kraft Christmas gift boxes embellished with pinecones and wool,
  4. burlap ruffle ribbon garland,
  5. cabin snow globe, and
  6. spoon trees. (Yes! You read that right.)

You can find all the easy how to steps on HGTV’s Made + Remade and you can shop all the supplies at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores!

And if you’re not crafting Christmas right now, I’d love for you to hop over anyway. You can view all five designs and vote for your favorite between now and October 14. And if you feel like leaving a little comment love over there, I’d really appreciate that too! {Love you guys! You all are what keep me going each day!}

VIEW ALL FIVE AND VOTE HERE!

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host a Martinis and Mayhem Halloween cocktail party

Martinis and Mayhem Cocktail Party | curated at TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Happy October! With lots of reasons to celebrate – birthdays, fall sports and a spooky holiday – my kids LOVE October parties. But, we adults want in on all the fun too!

If you’re lo0king for ideas for a more “groan-up” {hee, hee!} party, think about hosting a cocktail party! Here are some fantastic finds in black, orange and purple for your Halloween soiree for adults:

  1. Spider Candelabra via Pier 1
  2. Crow Wreath via William-Sonoma
  3. Haunted Halloween Harlequin Napkins via Plate and Napkins
  4. Apothecary Jar via Amazon.com
  5. Martini’s & Mayhem custom invitation via The Celebration Shoppe
  6. Collection de Paris Cold Beverage Drink Dispenser via Bed Bath and Beyond
  7. Smith & Hawken Glass Pumpkin Hurricane Lantern via Target
  8. Spider Web Cake Stand via Sur la Table
  9. Creepy Purple Light-Up Branches via Spirit Halloween
  10. Trick or Treat Halloween Printable beverage markers via The Celebration Shoppe
  11. Halloween Martini Glasses via Oriental Trading

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And don’t miss how to spruce up those jars with Kim’s Easy Halloween Apothecary Jars tutorial! Oh, and her Halloween punch recipe. You can give it a little kick if you like!

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lifelike balloon jack-o-lanterns for Halloween

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When the Martha Stewart Living team asked if I’d like to share an idea from this month’s issue, this adorable jack-o-lantern pumpkin craft was my first choice.

You see, I grew up in Alabama and we didn’t always have pumpkins to carve. I live in Ohio now and there are pumpkins on every corner, but when I was a kid down south, not to much!

With this clever idea who needs the real thing (they rot in the heat too quickly anyway)… you can make your own and they’ll last the entire Halloween season! So let’s get crafty!

YOU’LL NEED:

  • waxed twine
  • balloons
  • metal washers
  • white glue
  • crepe-paper streamers (kiwi green shown from partycity.com)
  • lightweight black construction paper
  • decoupage finish and paintbrush

HOW-TO

1. To find proper length, wrap twine around inflated balloon, add 6 inches, and cut. Cut 2 more pieces the same length.

2. Loop or knot twine through washer so it has 6 spokes, as shown, top right.

3. Place balloon on top of washer; pull 2 opposing strands of twine up and knot around balloon knot. Repeat with other 4 strands.

4. Trim excess twine down to 1 inch; trim off rolled edge of balloon knot. Apply glue

to strings and remaining knot. Wrap with a 4-inch piece of streamer. Dab end with glue to hold in place.

5. Make jack-o’-lantern face, following instructions on page 102.

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Photos by Aaron Dyer. Courtesy of Martha Stewart Living. Copyright © 2013. For more Halloween craft ideas, check out marthastewart.com.

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monster munch popcorn {Halloween party food}

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I’m talking Monster Munch Halloween Treats in my latest post for Parade Magazine. I’d love for you to hop over and get the quick and easy recipe. Just a little hint… there’s toffee, chocolate, caramel and more! {wink}

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Oh, and you don’t want to miss my Pumpkin Doughnut Recipe post either. They’re rolled in cinnamon and sugar and are AMAZING if I do say so myself. {grin}

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20 silly & spooky pumpkin decorating ideas

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I’ve collected 20 silly and (not-so) spooky Halloween pumpkin carving and decorating ideas to inspire you. Make sure you hop over and see our 20 no-carve white pumpkin ideas from earlier this week and Kim’s Pumpkin Decorating Pinterest Board for over 100 creative ideas!

I know I’m inspired by so many of these clever pumpkins so let’s get started!

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I especially love that many of these ideas are no-carve so that little ones can join in the fun!

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And don’t forget to hop over to Kim’s post about how to carve pumpkins with kids for a few tips. And as always, we  hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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gone batty Halloween cake & Halloween blog hop

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I’m so excited to share with you my first Halloween cake of the season (I have several more planned!). I dubbed this one “gone batty!” {grin}

And guess what else! I’m hosting a Halloween blog hop with some of my creative and crafty friends! From Halloween party treats to Halloween favors to Halloween home décor, we’ve got you covered! Scroll down to see all of the creative and creepy ideas!

But first, let’s talk cake! A crafty bat cake to be exact!

If you’re a baker, like me, whip out a two layer flat iced cake and pop it in the fridge. If you’re not, no worries! Head down to your favorite bakery (or even your favorite grocery) and pick up a simple no decoration cake. Even for those of us that love to bake, in a time crunch, heading to the local bakery is the best corner to cut!

Gone Batty Halloween Cake | Kim Byers of TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Now that you have the cake squared away, let’s get crafty!

You’ll need:

  • Sharp scissors
  • Lollipop sticks (cut in half or use short ones)
  • Co’ordinations Black Glitter Cardstock (available at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)
  • Bat template (half of a bat, intended to be cut out of folded sheet)
  • Hot glue
  • Optional: Black sixlet candies to finish the cake edges (available at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)

Easy steps for decorating your “gone batty” cake:

  • Fold cardstock in half (don’t crease too much or it will tear)
  • Place template (half of bat) on fold line and cut. This will give you a symmetrical bat and you’ll already have that nice fold that makes them look like they’re flying
  • Hot glue bats to the tips of your lollipop sticks
  • Insert into your cake at varying heights so that they appear to be flying in an upward motion
  • Optional: Attach additional bats to your cake backdrop for extra effect!

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Now please HOP over and visit my friends! 

scared batty Halloween cake + creative blogger Halloween hop

 

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